Office of Mental Retardation and
In the family care program, the Office of Mental
Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) oversees care provided to
disabled individuals who do
not require the intensive level of care provided by OMRDD's
developmental centers. The
primary care is provided by non-family members in private homes,
where the disabled
individuals live. We examined OMRDD's administration of the
family care program and found
that improvements can be made in the procedures used to monitor
program care, screen
providers, and train providers.
In addition, to encourage providers to participate in the
program, OMRDD may loan providers
up to $20,000 to enable them to either acquire new homes or
improve their existing homes to
meet program standards. The loans are interest free and need not
be repaid if the provider
remains in the program for a certain amount of time. We
identified several weaknesses in
OMRDD's administration of these loans. For example, the
improvements funded by the loans
were not always verified by OMRDD, the additional program
capacity funded by the loans may
not have always been needed, and the criteria for awarding the
loans were not fully disclosed.
We make a number of recommendations aimed at improving program
For a complete copy of 95-S-139 click here.
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